Hell: a Place of Paradoxes and Shame
In "Strange Meeting, " Wilfred Owen presents readers with a unique description of a soldier's encounter in hell. As the speaker goes out from fight, he takings down a long tunnel in which he hears the groans of sleepers and it is met simply by another soldier with a "dead smile. " As a jewellry of the Initial World Conflict, Owen produces out of his personal experience, one of physical, moral and psychological stress. The melancholic nature of the poem comes from the specific kind and inmiscuirse in which Wilfred Owen remarkably writes, and in turn gives the poem a dreamlike sensation. The title of this poem is certainly not the only thing that is strange, because Owen retains this idea through irony as well as the paradoxical and eclectic tone of his composition.
The moment one thinks of battle, the word main character comes to mind, along with words just like ‘courageous, ' and ‘brave. ' Owen plays with this thought in the poem as it is created in brave couplets, nevertheless ironically becoming a hero may be the exact contrary of what the poem is approximately, "I i am the opponent you murdered, my friend" implies an extremely unheroic action (Owen 40). The stance of the composition take the form of irregular Iambic Pentameter with slant vocally mimic eachother, which makes the lines seem imperfect, much like human beings. Every two lines, an entire new pair of slant rhymes appears and in turn suggests the persona is coming to fresh realizations because his meeting in heck progresses. Slant rhymes just like "hall/Hell, " "moan/mourn, " and "hair/hour" poke gaps in the heroic perfection war arouses.
The poem is properly written as an elegy which is a mournful, melancholic lament for the dead. Yet , due to the enigmatic nature of Owen's poem, the reader can be not sure who may be dead and whether or not the narrator is...
... of their destruction, and is seen as one of the most horrendous out from the two Wonderful Wars because of trench combat. This composition explores an unusual meeting and an even stranger fate pertaining to the faithful victims of war. Today, we research famous poets of the 1st World Warfare such as David McCrae, Alan Seeger, and Isaac Rosenberg, because that they captivate the horrors of war and help today's contemporary society realize the mass devastation "titanic battles had groined" (3). In my opinion I became adoringly obsessed with Owen's poem since it doesn't glorify war or perhaps make it out to be heroic. It effectively illustrates the cruel and inhumane activities of soldiers during the wars, and the various ‘strange friends' that were able to ‘escape' to death in Hell.
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Mays, Kelly J. Owen, Wilfred. "Strange Meeting. " The Norton Introduction to Literary works. 11th education. London: W. W Norton, 2011. 604-605.